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New president for HART Communication Foundation

26 March 2013

The HART Communication Foundation has appointed Ted Masters as president and CEO, succeeding Ron Helson, who has been the Foundation’s chief executive since 1993 and who will retire from his position as executive director.

Ted Masters has worked in leadership roles with both instrumentation and systems companies and served as president with the former Elcon Instruments, a leader in signal conditioning I/O and HART products. In addition, he has executive-level experience in predictive analytics and smart devices and brings to bear a solid understanding from the users’ perspective.

“Ron Helson has served the Foundation well for over 20 years. His dedication and vision are responsible for the success of the Foundation and HART technology and we wish him well in his retirement,” said Mark Schumacher, chairman of the HART Communication Foundation Board.

“I am very pleased and excited about the appointment of Ted Masters to succeed Ron in this very important role, both for the Foundation and for the industry. Ted’s leadership capability, technology expertise and commitment to excellence will ensure the ongoing success of the HART technology for the benefit of the member companies and the end users.”

Commenting on his appointment, Masters said: “I am excited to be a part of forging the future strategy of the Foundation at this exciting time in the industry. I look forward to delivering additional value to the member companies and building upon the cutting-edge leadership of process automation technology.”


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